Srinagar, Sep 25 (KINS): Two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were killed in an overnight gunfight in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said.
The gunfight erupted at Sirhama area of Bijbehara on Thursday evening when police, Army and the CRPF launched a cordon and search operation on getting specific information about the presence of two to three militants in the area.
“As security forces approached the spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, triggering a gun battle. The exchange of gunfire continued during the night. In the operation, two militants of Lashkar were killed,” a police officer said.
Police said incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, was recovered from the encounter site.
“Based on specific input about presence of militants in the village Sirhama area of Anantnag, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Anantnag Police, 3RR and CRPF in the said area.
During the search operation, as the presence of militants got ascertained they were given the opportunity to surrender however instead they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter. Due to darkness the operation was suspended and the whole area was put under strict cordon. Militants trapped inside made certain attempts to break the cordon and escape from the spot.
In the wee hours, the operation was resumed and in the ensuing encounter two militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter. The killed militants have been identified as Adil Ahmad Bhat resident of Pulwama and Abu Rehan @Towheed a Pakistani national. Both the killed militants were commanders and affiliated with proscribed terror outfit LeT” the statement reads.
The statement further reads that “as per police records, the killed militants had a history of crime records. They were involved in planning & executing several terror attacks including civilian atrocities and attacks on security establishments. Militant Adil was involved in case FIR No. 117/2020 of PS Nowgam pertaining to the killing of two JKP personnel and weapon snatching at Nowgam Srinagar on 14-08-2020. Moreover, militant Abu Rehan was an important motivator and influenced young minds for joining terror ranks in the areas of South Kashmir. He was involved in motivating local youth to carry out Fidayeen attacks on Police/SFs. He was also involved in providing logistic support to the newly infiltrated militants and strengthening the LeT outfit throughout the valley by distributing newly joined/infiltrated militants to various areas”.
“Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. It’s pertinent to mention that the Insas rifle snatched in Nowgam attack was also recovered from the site. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes”.
“Keeping in view the prevailing pandemic due to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of people from inherent risk of contracting the infection, the dead bodies of the killed terrorists shall be sent to Handwara for burial after completion of all medico-legal formalities. The nearest family members of the killed local militant shall be allowed to participate in the last rites.In this connection a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and investigation has been initiated.
People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any” the statement said.(KINS)